GM’s 1,300 employees at the Detroit Hamtramck assembly plant will have to go through a temporary layoff for no less than five weeks as the company has temporarily pulled the plug on the Chevy Volt and Opel Ampera until April 23. Why? Because sales have been less than optimal.
“Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand,” said GM spokesman Chris Lee to the Detroit Free Press.
Last month, Chevrolet sold 1,023 Volts in the U.S., and currently totals 1,626 for the year. Currently, inventory for the Volt stands at 3,596 units, including demos and what’s already in the dealer network. Is it due to the factor that people who have never experienced the Volt are labeling it as a flop? Or is it because it’s expensive? The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, as usual with things like this. Meanwhile, Glenn Beck is laughing.